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Sylvester bank robbed at gunpoint

Sheriff Tompkins says the suspect hid in this abandoned house near the bank. Sheriff Tompkins says the suspect hid in this abandoned house near the bank.
Sheriff Freddie Tompkins Sheriff Freddie Tompkins

August 8, 2003

Sylvester - Robi Johnson is the secretary at First Baptist Church. She says she glanced out her office window earlier today to see a man she believes was on his way to rob Suntrust bank. Robi says, "It's very scary, we've kind of been shaken up about it."

Robi says she saw a man who looks like Kenyota Williams walk through a breezeway towards the bank. Around the same time, Sylvester police were called to the Worth County Primary School, where a bomb threat had been called in. Moments later, Suntrust bank was robbed at gunpoint.

Then Williams ran out of the bank and into an abandoned building behind it.

Robi says she feels safer knowing they've caught the suspected robber. "It makes you feel a little bit better," says Johnson. "But your still a little bit cautious, because you're not sure if that is the person."

But Worth County Sheriff, Freddie Tompkins, believes they've got the right man, and he wishes all arrests were made this easily.

posted at 4:52 PM by karen.collier@walb.com